Florence Welch

BATD ON Jul 01, 2009 AT 1:51 pm

Florence & the Machine performing at Glastonbury

Florence & the Machine performing at Glastonbury

Front-woman of indie-soul band Florence and the Machine, Ireland native Florence Welch grew up singing to her grandmother on top of a chest of drawers belonging to her father. Her father listened to vinyl records by artists such as Love, The Incredible String Band, The Smiths, and The Velvet Underground. Welch’s mother listened to Tom Jones and The Monkees and Florence listened to The White Stripes and Kate Bush as well.

She attributes her singing style to these influences. Her first performances were at family weddings and funerals (eek!) at age 7 and at age 11 she finally convinced her parents to let her have singing lessons. While attending secondary school in London, Welch joined a punk musical collective called The Toxic Cockroaches, which was her first experience in a singing group.

Welch later attended Camberwell College of Art where she did foundation art and dabbled in illustration. She frequently attended local shows of art college bands, which she now claims influence the outrageousness in her performances. Florence has said she enjoys writing songs that are, “stories with consequences and weird morality issues.” She has said that her song “Dog Days Are Over” was inspired by an art installation and her tune “Kiss With A Fist” is about “giving as good as you get.”

Florence Welch

Florence Welch

Her band (the machine part of Florence) consists of several different musicians, which has included Devonte Hynes from Lightspeed Champion and currently is made up of Robert Ackroyd, Christopher Lloyd, Hayden, Isabella Summers, and Tom Monger. Florence and the Machine is managed by Mairead Nash, who decided to manage the group after an inebriated Welch dragged Nash into the toilets and sang an Etta James song to her.

This 22 year-old self-described geek has received critical acclaim and received the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2009 Brit Awards. She has sold over 1.2 million copies of her debut album, Lungs and her song Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) was number 12 in the UK music charts. She has a slew of dates set for this summer and autumn already, with more being added daily. This young singer’s sexuality has been questioned because of a picture snapped of her snogging singer Little Boots at the NME Award’s party.  This fun loving girl is a relative newcomer to the scene, but that doesn’t mean she’s holding back. This singer is making her mark and we can’t wait to see what she has in store!

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